Hixter is the latest restaurant opening from Mark Hix, situated in the city’s idyllic Devonshire Square; it offers a much-needed New York Style escape to the area. Hixter is an extension of Mark’s infamous chicken and steak concept where ‘family style’ dining is a must and vegetarians are best uninvited. This new opening couldn’t be in a more perfect spot for work colleagues and friends to bond, gorge, feast and laugh in modern and stimulating surroundings.
The design is modern and edgy with neon lights and giant circular florescent art work, a fusion of commissions from Gary Webb, Tracey Emin and Tim Noble & Sue Webster among others. One side of the room reflects the bright art and creates depth and is best appreciated when climbing the stairs after a peak of Mark’s bar one floor down. Uniforms were quirky and cool, they consisted of black trousers with a choice of two bespoke t-shirts in either white or black with a chicken on the back or a design of feather and horns (Chicken vs. cow). The team were edgy, upbeat and on the ball.
Sharing is of the essence for starters and mains unless you choose ‘or not to share’…on the menu which on this occasion was a delicious chicken, chanterelle and chestnut soup which soothes the soul, a definite must! For starters you must try their playful giant Yorkshire pudding with whipped chicken livers, rip up the pastry and dunk it in. We sampled an oyster each, they were divine.
For mains you can choose from Swainson House Farm Chicken or Glenarm Might-Marbled Steak…hmmm decisions decisions. Unlike Tramshed, Hixter offers more than 5 choices per animal including a whole roast Indian Rock chicken for 2-3 to share served on handmade stands, which costs £25. We went against the grain and ordered the Chicken curry – a nod to the area’s history as the location of The East India Company’s warehouses in the eighteenth century. Of course our second choice was the steak, each aged in Himalayan salt chambers, juicy and ready to be devoured; the steaks ranged from £20-£45 with a healthy mix of sides. Definitely order the grilled field mushrooms with hedgerow garlic as well as their buttered autumn wintergreens.
Puddings were definitely kick-ass in flavour and calories, oh well it’s Christmas? Ronnie’s Apple Pie knocked us sideways with happiness but then the Steamed Treacle Sponge Pudding took the lead, the prefect portion of heaven. The pudding menu also offers Credit Crunch Ice Cream, named this because he set up his first restaurant in 2008, the year of the credit crunch! I love to share a good fact!
Hixter isn’t just another restaurant…Downstairs’ is a larger version of Hix’s bar, similar to Soho but with more space and seating, games tables, booths, a mini library and high chairs where you can drink before or after dinner. The bar champions new and existing British drinks’ producers and offer an extensive list of handcrafted and delicious cocktails. Open Monday to Friday from 4pm until 2.30am.
If your looking for private dining then Hixter also boasts a room called Cock n Bull which seats 22 offering a selection of set menus and feast menus.
9a Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4AE